DSC_0251It’s still really cold and wet here but regardless of the weather, or maybe because of it, I’ve given in to temptation and have started ordering plants and more dahlia tubers for this year. We ordered our seeds a while ago and most have arrived and are waiting to be sown but from nowhere I just got the urge to try sweet peas this year so have now had to make another seed order! My history with   isn’t very good, I don’t think I look after them properly, but inspired by Monty Don’s lovely white ones he grew last year for his son’s wedding I’m going to have another go.

Watch this space !!


Spring is on it’s way!!

Although we’ve had a return to really cold evenings/nights and frosts this last couple of days the plants are slowly waking up. The aconites are a lovely carpet of yellow in the churchyard with the odd sprinkling of white snowdrops and in my garden my species Crocus have started opening when they get a hint of sun.

They are both Crocus tommasinianus, the paler lilac-blue/white is the species and the darker reddish purple one is, I think, “Ruby Giant” although it could be  “Whitwell Purple”, not sure but both really welcome after this winter which has seemed both wetter and colder than usual. It probably hasn’t been an unusual winter at all but it seems to have dragged on and on.

We’re looking forward to getting some work done at the nursery even if it’s only barrowing bark down to repair the paths………….sad!

2017 Highlights continued…..

Another American import, also from Slightly Different, is Hemerocallis Spacecoast Butterfly Effect. This is a year older than last weeks plant but it too has now settled in and is absolutely gorgeous. I’ve just sown seeds from some crosses an American fellow hemeroholic sent me, most take three years from seed to flower but I’m willing to wait!! Spacecoast Butterfly Effect 3

2017 Highlights continued……

I bought this Hemerocallis “Mexicali Blues” from Slightly Different Nursery in North Carolina in 2014. I find from experience that US grown daylilies need a season or so to settle down in our cooler climate to really give of their best and Mexicali Blues has now made itself at home in the UK and was stunning in the summer of 2017. It has made quite a substantial clump and I have every hope that I can divide it after flowering this summer.DSC_0140


2017 Highlights

As it’s so cold and I really don’t feel like going out into the gatden I thought I’d look back at some of the plants that did well last year.

As they say on TV, “In no particular order…”

Paeony Coral Charm, I bought this on a whim (isn’t it always the way??) from Avondale Nursery at Bagington where I was taken by my sisters as my birthday treat. It’s really worth a trip, they have a large range of plants from Anemones though to Zantedeschia and all sorts in between. I bought Aruncus, Geum, Sanguisorba & Veronicastrum to name a few, then spotted the Paeony at such a good price I couldn’t resist it. I really just liked the name & had no idea of its habit of opening coral then fading to a delectable cream. Double bubble!!

to be continued….

Value for money

During the winter months when there are very few flowers in the garden to pick and bring indoors I satisfy my love of flowers by buying small pots of flowering plants, chrysanths, bulbs or the little pots of roses. It is these pots of roses I’m blogging about today. Mostly these roses are red , pink, yellow or white but occasinally you can spot a real treasure. At present I have a lovely lilac coloured rose on my window sill in the kitchen (yes I know the garden’s full of flowers but I saw it and  …….   ) A few months ago I spotted a most unusual coloured rose in my local supermarket, a delicate apricot  colour which I’ve not seen before in these little roses, well I couldn’t resist that either and so brought it home. It flowered really well and after it had finished I potted it into a larger pot then put it outside the greenhouse with several other roses that I’d purchased over the winter months.

Eventually I got around to putting it in the garden about a couple of months ago and it is now flowering again, it’s blooms are much larger and more double than before. It really is beautiful.DSC_0149

Not bad for  £2:50 if that isn’t value for money I don’t know what is!